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Singer Analysis - Adams 1 Jaime Adams English 1302 Randy...

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Adams 1 Jaime Adams English 1302 Randy Conine November 1, 2007 Analyzing a Moral Argument Peter Singer, in his essay “Famine, Affluence, and Morality” (1997) argues that the way in which people in affluent countries react to situations, such as poverty and famine cannot be justified and that people are not accepting their moral obligation to others. Singer supports this argument by explaining that people have just as much of an obligation to help someone who lives on the other side of the world as they do to someone who lives next door. His purpose is to show readers that more can and should be done to help the issue of worldwide poverty and that it’s not something that should be praised upon. He uses an informal, conversational tone with his audience in order to make it easier for them to fully grasp his theories. While Singer’s arguments may seem out of reach to some, he uses examples from many different criticisms he could receive in order to show that his goals are not as impossible as one may think. Singer begins his essay by discussing the issue of famine in Bengal and that people in more prosperous nations are not doing their part when it comes to providing help. In order to demonstrate this claim, he shows examples of the amounts of money countries such as Britain, the United States, and Japan have contributed to these refugees. He then states his argument that countries such
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Adams 2 as these are not reacting justly to this type of situation along with the idea that the way we look at moral issues needs to be changed.
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